Green Light Ventures

Green Light Ventures

About

Green Light Ventures provides life changing Expeditions to Tanzania. We specialize in wildlife conservation, alleviating poverty and community empowerment. We run sustainable projects which enable positive change in the communities we work with. We provide the opportunity to experience the best of Tanzania's culture, wildlife and adventure. On all our trips we off-set your carbon foot print by reforesting and planting trees.

Founded
2019

Reviews

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Amelia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect balance of work and play

Going to Tanzania with GLV was an absolute joy. The leaders have clearly thought thoroughly about their approach to this kind of trip - from their attentive treatment of travellers to their awareness of environmental effects. For example, great effort was taken to reduce our plastic bottle use and offsetting our plane flight carbon footprint with tree planting. Dom and Chloe were both laid back/down to earth but at the same time completely switched on and on the ball. I felt well guided at any point that I didn’t know what I was doing and knew I could trust them.

The beauty of the nature and community was a highlight for me. We saw so many captivating views, saw so much wildlife, plantations at sunset and vast starry skies. We also experienced the brilliantly hectic Massai markets and ate the local food and drink there. It was also an honour to cook with and eat with (and play with the baby) a local family at their home. The tour guides all knew their stuff and the planting and building projects were well lead and well managed.

I am conscious and wary of trips like this in relation to the ‘white saviour’ complex. There was none of this feeling on the trip. GLV teams up alongside amazing locals in Tanzania who are doing life changing work.
The trip was so well balanced with doing rewarding hard graft, getting involved in the community, fun activities and rest.

The group of people on my trip were all lovely, laid back and good company. Dom and Chloe were always up for adventure and making sure we got the most out of our time there while also being attentive to the needs of the group and being flexible when rest was needed! Would highly recommend the trip to anyone!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
On the drive back from visiting a rural tribe, we stopped to admire the dark sky FULL of stars. It was absolutely beautiful. Until someone made lion noises.
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William
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An experience like no other!

This trip was a perfect blend of Conservation, Community Development, and recreation. Green Light Ventures also gave me the opportunity to veer from the touristy beaten track and experience Tanzania's amazing culture and people at a personal level. The volunteering I took part in was highly appropiate and ethically conducted, it is without a doubt one of the best programmes ive seen in terms of giving you, the voulenteer, a real meaningful role in tackerling both the enviromental threats and socio-economic issues at hand. Some evenings we would spend drinking tea and making fires with the maasai whilst others we would relax and go for a swim or read a book by the pool. Between projects we would also do day excursions which would also vary from safari to waterfall walks. GLV truly put everything on offer during my trip so that I could return back home with the knowledge that I had experianced all the aspects of Tanzania and had contributed what I could to helping its enviroment and its communities.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you fancied a Tanzanian night out, ask Dom and Chloe to take you to M & M's, Lots of fun!
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Lisa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

2019 Tanzania

For me this trip provided me the balance I wanted from my time in Africa. I wanted to both volunteer within the community but also to explore the area, embrace the culture and become enriched by the experience. I was particularly attracted to the sustainability focus of the projects and found it interesting how the local community support the concept. No other tour provider seemed to offer me the experience to both volunteer but also explore the area with an itenary I was able to select from and I am so glad that I made the decision to go with green light ventures. The tour guides knowledge of the area and history was fantastic and I always felt well looked after. The food available was varied and eating together was a nice way to reflect on the day just gone. We would recap the progress of each project we were working on and would always be informed of the plan for the next day. I never felt alone despite travelling solo and that was very important to me.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Embrace everything and be present. Relax, the tour providers will provide you with all the information you need making the travel as seamless as possible. Also, drink lots of water from your GLV water bottle.
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Claudia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An exciting, fun and unique once in a life-time opportunity to experience Tanzania!

Green Light Ventures was the perfect opportunity to experience the real Tanzania. It offered a real range of activities where I was able to observe Tanzania's beautiful scenery and wildlife such as waterfall walks, cycle rides to Lake Manyara, and of course Safari. We also undertook a variety of projects which centred around conservation. Smaller projects included creating herb gardens with plastic bottles we had collected. We also undertook a larger project where we built a Chicken Coupe for a community in need, this was extremely rewarding.
Dom and Chloe were the perfect hosts always fun, extremely helpful and supportive throughout my experience and always quick to answer any queries I had. They were constantly asking what they could do to better my experience. They were also very attentive to any specific requirements or needs I had such as providing vegetarian meals. I would recommend Green Light Ventures to anyone who is considering this kind of trip. Thank you again for such a great experience!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I drank was the banana beer! You can find banana beer being drunk by the locals at the Masai market, this is a must try!!
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William
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Adventure, with super fun activities and meaningful volunteering.

Green Light Ventures gave me the opportunity to experience a trip of a life time. This is a trip for anyone who wants more than just a holiday; as on top of activities such as relaxing at rift valley infinity pools and waterfall hikes, this trips gives you the chance to experience the real Tanzania and its people. I personally enjoyed how diverse the trip was, one day I was getting up close and personal with Tanzania's most impressive wildlife and the next I was spending an evening under the stars with the Maasai. Out of all the other NGOs I originally looked at it was important I picked GLV, due to their attention towards environmental issues and afforestation, and also how all volunteering was community led development and so entirely ethical.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Joining in on a Spear throwing competition with the Maasai.
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Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

This program appealed to me as it gave me the opportunity to experience a well-rounded trip and didn't just focus on one aspect. The program offered a chance for safari, whilst making Tanzania's cultures, foods and landscapes as accessible as possible. The volunteering was also exactly what I wanted to do, hands on and meaningful, with a touch of creativity.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

GLV made the trip very easy for me, everything was planned very efficiently except for the occasional off the cuff days which gave me an opportunity to either explore the local village or relax by the pool. If I ever had any questions about anything to do with the Trip Dom and Chloe were both very quick to reply and extremely helpful.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Dom and Chloe will provide a Kit List, so I would definitely suggest taking a look at that before for some ideas. Its always fun to bring something to do in the evenings like a game or some cards which you can enjoy with the group. GLV have every evening planned out, but there's always free time to pick up a new game or play a game of cards.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The volunteering aspect was extremely well put together, I always felt like the work we were doing was making a real difference both environmentally and socially. Everyday felt distinctly unique, I looked forward to each day as i was excited to see what was in store. Each day we would see our projects grow, the days just like the weeks would usually be broken up into some volunteering some culture and some leisure.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

The biggest fear was probably the prospect of something going wrong, however looking back the trip was in fact incredible smooth. It is also important to recognise that in sub-Saharan Africa not everything works the way you would presume it would here, but if your feeling adventurous an interested to see what other lifestyles are like you will enjoy this aspect.

What makes GLV special?

I would 100% recommend GLV to anyone who's looking to do a trip like this. I compared GLV to many similar NGOs and GLV came out on top for me on Volunteering, location, Day trips, affordability, fun activities, wildlife and culture. It was merely the second day of arriving on the program and I was already glad with my choice due to the people I met and the general good vibe of the trip.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Dom Parker

Job Title
Founder
Dom Founded Green Light Ventures which has been his life long dream. Before this could happen he has had to gain experience and understanding in a diverse background of career paths. These have been a combination of travel, conservation and ecology, expedition leading, youth work, community development and activity instructing.
Dom looking out at a wilderness vista

What is your favorite travel memory?

Camping out under the star with a Maasai community, deep in the Tanzanian bush. We cooked a BBQ together and shared stories through a translator learning from one another. Every now and then a giraffe, elephant or gazelle would pass by and we would often hear the roar of a lion far in the distance. It was such a privilege to learn about how sustainably they live using the nature around them with minimal impact.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have realised it is important to keep chasing your dreams and your life long goals. One day, sooner than you think, it can happen. My dream was to found an organisation leading expeditions to Tanzania. One day that came true. Its not all been roses since I made the decision to found GLV but its been so worthwhile. I have learnt that living your dream is not all fun and games or what you expected but we each have our calling in life, once you have figure that out and start living it then you can be the person you were meant to be and be that best version of yourself. Although now running GLV which has felt like the destination all along, I can look back at my journey to getting here and have learnt not to take that journey for granted. Don't waste that time, your journey will define your destination.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I think the biggest impact you can have on a student/volunteer who attends one of your trips/expeditions is for them to have a positive, life changing experience that changes the course of their life for good. One volunteer I led was so inspired by the experience and the way of life with us he didn't want it to end. He came back to work with us and still to this day, inspired by his experience with us, he has gone on to do similar work in his own company in Tanzania. That one trip had the power to allow an individual who didn't know where they were going in life or what they wanted, to now create a dream and provide a direction and ultimately a new career and life they love.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

For me it would have to be the 4 week Conservation, Culture and Adventure Expedition. I have always found that variety is the spice of life. There is so much you can experience with this expedition, every day is different. This trip allows you to experience the best of Tanzanian's cultural and adventure activities while conserving the environment and living sustainably throughout. 4 weeks is enough to really get to know and understand the locals and their way of life as well as pack in as much as GLV and Tanzania has to offer you.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

What really make us unique is that we take the time to listen and understand our volunteers as well as the communities we work with. Even before our volunteers join us on the trip we get to know them, what their interests are, what skills they can bring and how they want to make a difference. We then do our best to tailor make their experience to ensure it is enjoyable, beneficial and impactful as possible.
This goes for the communities we work with. We love to sit and listen to understand the needs, hopes and fears. What makes me proud is there is people from other sides of the world wanting to share in common goals such as reforesting deserted land and we are able to bring these people together to achieve their goals.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Not thinking your right and your way is the only way. I think it is important to constantly and continually learn from others, look at what people are saying and what is working well else where. The world is rapidly changing, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. I think it important to observe these changes and get a good understanding about them before you make a decision to either dismiss it or blindly join it. Keep learning, keep adapting and keep aiming to do what is right for the world around you. At GLV we don't believe success is how much money we make or how big our company can grow we believe success is what positive changes we can make to our staff, volunteers, communities and environment.